Contributors – Spring 2017

Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Western University. She has published widely in First Nations languages and cultures, ecosystem health, collaborative anthropology, and history of anthropology. She is Editor of Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology and Histories of Anthropology Annual, and General Editor of The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition. Her books include Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology (2001), Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist (2010), and Franz Boas as Public Intellectual: Theory, Ethnography, Activism (Darnell et al. eds. 2015).

Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu is Professor of Comparative Literature, Critical Theory and Hispanic Studies at Western University in London, Canada, and a tetra-lingual writer (of academic writings spanning a number of disciplines, of prose, poetry, essay, children stories, etc). His recent volumes include Happy New Fear! (Bucharest, 2011), “Literary Theory and the Sciences” (ed.; Neohelicon 41.2, 2014), and Matei Călinescu Festschrift (ed., Yearbook of Comparative Literature 59, 2016). A few books are forthcoming this year, including Policing Literary TheoryDeunamor, and Afka and Other Positions.

Alexander Jackson is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Theory and Criticism at Western University, who is focused on interrogating disability and the disabled identity. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Alex holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy, both from Lakehead University. His academic interest in disability and the apocalypse is just part of his passions, which also include sports and public speaking. Alex also volunteers for Citizens with Disabilities Ontario (CWDO), as one among several voices advocating for continued development surrounding disabled issues.

Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard has a B.A. in English and Intercultural Studies and an M.A. in Comparative Canadian Literature from the Université de Sherbrooke. Presently, he is doing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario. He wrote his master thesis on the theme of invasion and paranoia in early Cold War literature in Québec and the United States. His doctoral thesis, for which he obtained a grant from the Fond de Recherche du Québec: Société et Culture (FRQSC) should explore the representation of capitalism as a monstrous figure in selected North American works of twentieth-century speculative fiction.

Jeremy Arnott is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Theory and Criticism (Western University). His research examines the Frankfurt School as both an intellectual category and as a constellation of thinkers (with specific focus on Benjamin and Adorno). More broadly, he is interested in the various “post-histories” of German Idealism in the 20th century (Canadian idealism, the Frankfurt School).

Monika Koșa is a 2nd year M.A. student at Babeș-Bolyai University. She is a hopeless dreamer, a literature aficionada, and her research area ranges over a variety of subjects such as the exploration of the Canadian imagination, alienation in late Victorian and early Modernist narrations and fairy tale variations in British postmodern fiction. One of her recent articles is entitled Exploring the Self: Identity and Storytelling in Canadian Literature and it was published in the highly-regarded Romanian journal Vatra (6/2016).

Justas Patkauskas is a 2nd year Ph.D. student at the Centre for Theory and Criticism at Western University. His research interests include biopolitics, critical epistemology, and political economy.

Josh Garrett has had poems published in the literary journals Occasus and Poetry Quarterly, and worked as a reader for The Rusty Toque. His writing is dominated by natural motifs that include ruminations on the human connection to the natural world, their experience of and position in the universe, and their corporeality. He is pursuing a graduate degree in Anthropology focusing on lithic analysis and archaeobotany, writing down all of his strange thoughts in between, and creating poetry from them.